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AlertSeattle: COVID-19 Weekly Update – August 15 – 21, 2020

AlertSeattle: COVID-19 Subscribers This weekly alert provides new and updated information and links to City of Seattle programs and services for residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It also contains helpful city, county, state and federal resources.    


Governor’s Office, WA State departments, and King County News

New or Updated Resources and Services

For the full list of resources and services, visit

City of Seattle Free COVID-19 Testing

  • The City of Seattle, King County, and UW Medicine are now offering free COVID-19 testing for people who live, work, or regularly visit Seattle. Drive-through and walk-up testing is available. You must first register online or over the phone. While testing is free, if you have medical insurance, please bring your insurance card or proof of insurance. To learn more about these sites, please visit the City of Seattle COVID-19 Free Testing page.

Public Health and Community Health Center COVID-19 Testing

  • Public Health – Seattle & King County is regularly updating their list of free testing sites located all over King County, which also includes community health centers and UW Mobile Clinics. Language and mobility access varies by location. Learn more at Public Health – Seattle King County’s website.

City of Seattle Hygiene, Restroom, and Shower Facilities Map

  • The City of Seattle has conducted an extensive accounting of every City-funded hygiene resource available. As of May 20, Seattle Parks & Recreation, Seattle Public Utilities, The Seattle Public Library, and city-sponsored day centers account for more than 165 locations where hygiene resources are available, including 89 24/7 hygiene facilities that include toilets. Human Services Department’s hygiene map includes all locations that are open and will be updated weekly.

Seattle Protects (Access to Cloth Face Coverings)

Washington State Relief Funds for Immigrants (New)

Governor Jay Inslee recently announced the creation of two funds to help workers during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • The Immigrant Relief Fund will provide $40 million to assist Washington residents who are unable to access federal stimulus programs due to their immigration status.
  • The Food Production Paid Leave Program will provide $3 million of financial resources to certain food production workers who remain home when ill.

Read the governor’s full announcement. Sign up to receive the latest updates directly from the community organizations that have helped advocate for these funds.

City of Seattle Safeway Emergency Grocery Vouchers for Seattle Families (Updated)

  • The City of Seattle has collaborated with local nonprofit organizations to distribute grocery vouchers to households who may be experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 outbreak. Households are not able to sign-up for this program. Vouchers may be used to purchase items from any Washington Safeway store, with the exception of alcohol, tobacco, fuel, or lottery tickets. For more information, please see this Emergency Grocery Vouchers Frequently Asked Questions page.

Guidance for Reopening your Business during the Pandemic (New)

New Outdoor Permitting Options during the Pandemic (New)

If you’re interested in using space on the sidewalk or street in front of your business to add a temporary café or additional retail space, or if you are a food truck or vending cart owner who would like to try out new vending locations, you will need a Street Use Permit from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)These temporary permits are FREE.

If you have questions about the different permits available or need help with the application process, call 206-684-8090 or e-mail for free help and technical assistance.

Donations and Volunteer Opportunities

For a full list of opportunities: